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Study of Canadian wheat counters diet book's claims

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - The amount of protein in Canadian wheat has fluctuated little in 141 years, according to the most extensive study of its kind, countering claims that radical changes in the grain are making people sick.

Cameroon food stocks dwindle as Boko Haram violence disrupts farming

LONDON - Food shortages threaten some 200,000 people in northern Cameroon after cross-border raids by Islamist sect Boko Haram forced people to flee their homes and fields, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

Corn drops, soybeans rise after EPA sets biofuel targets

CHICAGO - U.S. corn futures fell on Friday and were on track for a second straight weekly decline after the U.S. government lowered its targets for ethanol blending and as corn export demand slumped for the crop harvested this autumn.

Vilsack announces CRP acreage expansion

An additional 800,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land can be enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program if certain criteria are met, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday morning at the Ducks Unlimited national convention in Milwaukee.

EPA releases proposed RFS requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency on May 29 released the long-awaited proposed volumetric requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard. The rule will be finalized by Nov. 30. There will be a public hearing in Kansas City, Kan., on June 25 and the agency will accept comments through July 27.

Cuba produces best sugar harvest in 11 years

HAVANA - Cuba's sugar harvest grew 18 percent this year to 1.9 million tonnes, the most for the beleaguered industry in 11 years and the best performance since the state sugar company Azcuba was founded in 2011, official media said on Friday.

U.S. government plan to protect sage grouse would limit oil and gas

President Barack Obama's administration plans to protect the greater sage grouse in the western United States by limiting oil and gas development and renewable energy in the bird's habitat, under a federal plan released on Thursday.

USDA plans to inject $100 million on ethanol infrastructure

NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to inject $100 million in funding to get more ethanol at the gas pump, according to two industry sources, the latest push to get beyond a "blend wall" that has capped demand for the biofuel.

Nigeria agriculture minister wins African Development Bank presidency

Nigeria's Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina won an election on Thursday to become the new president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), a post that will see him guide the institution through Africa's increasingly complex financial environment.

Texas deluge delays cotton planting, crop insurance deadline looms

The historic rains that have hit Texas this month, causing deadly flooding in parts of the state, have delayed cotton plantings, kindling concerns about next season's crop in the top growing U.S. state.

Opinion: China less vulnerable to price shocks

With a population of 1.3 billion and a small agricultural area relative to its population, China is the hope for an export-led prosperity for grain and oilseed farmers in the major agricultural exporting nations.

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates.

Food supply fears whet appetite for Dutch farm technology

AMSTERDAM - From the rooftops of Amsterdam to the expanses of Kazakhstan, Dutch technology is helping food producers to meet the needs of both gourmets and growing populations facing uncertain supplies.

Russia bans some Brazilian meat imports, little impact seen

SAO PAULO - Russia on Wednesday banned the import of meat from 10 Brazilian processing plants starting on June 9, but the world's top beef exporter said the ban will not impact trade.

US senator says support growing in Congress to end Cuba travel ban

HAVANA - A U.S. senator visiting Cuba said bipartisan support was gaining in Congress to lift a ban on travel to Cuba and possibly also to end the long economic embargo against the Communist-led island.

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